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Two Oriental storks were released into the wild after rehabilitation

13 august 2019
Rare birds, which have been kept for a month in the Rehabilitation Centre Tigr in Primorsky province, were successfully returned into the wild on the territory of Evreiskaya province in the stork concentration area. The radio transmitters provided by WWF-Russia will help trace their further routes.
Comments Anna Serdyuk, Ph.D., senior coordinator of protected areas projects of WWF Russia Amur branch:
For the first time in the Rehabilitation Centre for tigers and other rare animals, not Amur tigers but Oriental storks were released into the wild and tagged with GPS transmitters. Two more rare birds have joined the group of 86 storks tagged with transmitters and rings in the Amur River basin this summer. After 20 years, WWF jointly with partners in Russia and China has revived a program to study the migratory routes of the Oriental stork. Thanks to new technologies, we will be able to track the further migrations of these birds with maximum accuracy.”

Two Oriental storks were released into the wild after rehabilitation

A pair of Oriental storks was placed to the Rehabilitation Center in early July. Exhausted chicks were picked up from a crashed nest and rescued by local people. Birds have not yet taken wing, so any predator was a danger to them. After that, the rangers from the Primorsky Wildlife Management Department transported little birds to the Rehabilitation Centre.

Tagging birds in the Rhbilitation Centre Tigr in Primorsky province
The Rehabilitation Centre Tigr
The area in Evreiskaya province, the Zhuravliny Wildlife Refuge, is the best place for wild birds release after rehabilitation. It is confirmed by data received from the transmitters fitted on storks in 2018 and 2019. According to Anna Serdyuk, last year concentrations of the Oriental storks during migration were recorded on the Russian-Chinese border in Evreiskaya province. Information about this year's chicks movement shows that some of the storks have already begun to gather here, in the Middle Amur floodplain. Now the birds are gaining strength and feeding before flying to the wintering grounds in southern China, in the Yangtze River basin. According to experts, the “patients” of the Rehabilitation Centre will join this community and fly away to China for winter.
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